On Sunday 17th November, I spent a delightful afternoon attending Mass at the Lady Assumption Church in Bethnal Green. While faith communities are an important part of any borough, the fact that Tower Hamlets is home to a great number of diverse, prominent religious groups means the role they play here is particularly significant. It is always fascinating to see different religious group at work.
After the Mass, I gave a short speech to the forty or so residents who had attended about my priorities as Mayor. We had a lively Q&A session where residents expressed their concerns, including worries about the impact of government welfare reform and lack of affordable housing. I was really happy to hear how contented many residents were with the funds I have provided for the restoration of faith buildings.
I would like to sincerely thank both Father Tom and Father Justin and the residents who attended.
Photo: With Father Tom O’Brien